Recently, two fresh claims have surfaced that may throw some light on Samsung’s upcoming flagships. Furthermore, TM Roh has stated that Samsung is working on a processor “unique to Galaxy phones,” yet we’ve previously heard that Samsung may collaborate with MediaTek on the CPUs for the Galaxy S22 FE and S23 in select areas.
When taken as a whole, these two pieces of information provide a compelling tale. BusinessKorea is the source of the supposed MediaTek partnership information (opens in new tab). The Galaxy S22 FE and Galaxy S23, the former of which we’ve heard very little about, will reportedly feature MediaTek’s application processors, according to the site, which does not name any sources that we could find. Some of the lower-end Galaxy A devices already feature MediaTek processors.
Since many of MediaTek’s chips are unimpressive to put it mildly, the company’s reputation isn’t exactly stellar. The Moto G Stylus (2022) and Moto G Power (2022) serve as particularly egregious examples of poor design decisions. MediaTek’s earlier “flagship” chips have been abysmal, and we’re unconvinced that this time around will be much better.
Although we haven’t had a chance to test out the new Dimensity 9000 system-on-chip (SoC) yet, many have been impressed by its performance. For now, we can’t say for sure how it compares to the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 on the Galaxy S22 series or even the A15 Bionic on the iPhone 13, so we’re keeping an open mind – but this room looks a little suspicious.
Exynos from Samsung is another an option.
In the meantime, what about Samsung’s own Exynos chips? A separate business, Samsung Electronics LSI, owns the Exynos brand, whereas Samsung Mobile does not. To put this in perspective, keep in mind the sheer size of Samsung.) Should we see a shift away from Exynos in the Galaxy line if Samsung switches to MediaTek in areas where Qualcomm is not available?
Second, iNews24(opens in new tab) reports a town hall that TM Roh had lately, which further confuses us. The head of Samsung Mobile discusses how the business is working on an application processor that is exclusive for Galaxy phones. Could this have anything to do with the MediaTek cooperation reported by BusinessKorea? Could the Dimensity 9000’s successor, the Exynos 2200, be a joint effort between the two manufacturers?
The performance of Exynos processors has traditionally been lower than that of Snapdragon chips. As long as Samsung continues to use its own CPUs in future Galaxy devices we won’t be devastated, but we’re eager to see what this unique SoC is.
A peek at what’s next for Samsung and MediaTek
Customers are left with inferior processors that struggle to achieve the bare minimum because MediaTek has hyped up its chips for so long but then failed to deliver them. Because of MediaTek processors, I’ve previously recommended phones that didn’t meet my standards. However, it is crucial to note that MediaTek has a considerably higher proportion of the mobile SoC industry than we in the United States may imagine. China, a market far larger than the United States or even much of Europe, is a major user of the chips.
The Dimensity 9000 is something I’d want to test out for myself. Finally, I’d be able to develop an opinion on a possible alliance between Samsung and MediaTek. Alternatively, BusinessKorea’s report might be completely inaccurate. Given that the Galaxy S21 FE and Galaxy S22 were released in January and February of this year, the assertion that the Galaxy S22 FE and Galaxy S23 will be released in H2 2022 didn’t ring true to me.
Since any manufacturer may purchase Exynos CPUs from Samsung directly, they aren’t exclusive to Samsung phones. Exynos or Dimensity might be the “exclusive” processor for Galaxy handsets. If this is the case, it might end up looking something like Google’s Tensor SoC, which was supposedly designed with Samsung in mind.. Regardless, it’s going to be a while.